Peptide Bond Formation Mechanism Catalyzed by Ribosome

Katarzyna ͆widerek, Sergio Marti, Iñaki Tuñón, Vicent Moliner, Juan Bertran

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    © 2015 American Chemical Society. In this paper we present a study of the peptide bond formation reaction catalyzed by ribosome. Different mechanistic proposals have been explored by means of Free Energy Perturbation methods within hybrid QM/MM potentials, where the chemical system has been described by the M06-2X functional and the environment by means of the AMBER force field. According to our results, the most favorable mechanism in the ribosome would proceed through an eight-membered ring transition state, involving a proton shuttle mechanism through the hydroxyl group of the sugar and a water molecule. This transition state is similar to that described for the reaction in solution (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 8708-8719), but the reaction mechanisms are noticeably different. Our simulations reproduce the experimentally determined catalytic effect of ribosome that can be explained by the different behavior of the two environments. While the solvent reorganizes during the chemical process involving an entropic penalty, the ribosome is preorganized in the formation of the Michaelis complex and does not suffer important changes along the reaction, dampening the charge redistribution of the chemical system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12024-12034
    JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Issue number37
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2015

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